Monday, January 27, 2014

Making New Shutters Look Antique-Bath inspiration

We have been "updating" our master bath on a budget.  
{That's code for paint and, well..paint.}
But a girl can dream!

Here's how our bath looked when we moved in. 
We started with good symmetrical shape, a lovely arch, a large tub, 
and lot's of future potential.
Especially after all the mint swirly wall paper came down.
Peel and peel and peel...

With a new coat of paint we were well on our way...
but I was looking for inspiration for ideas on how
to bring character to the area.

Pinterest has some lovely example of what "could be" 
if money were no option...
For example:
Love this marble tiled masterpiece with a soaking tub
 instead of a built in tub.
Love the arched window that matches the arched tiled ceiling!
Cool White Bathroom
I also love this more traditional/contemporary version 
with open floating shelving and a smart roman shade 
along a marble surround and nickel finishes.
Bathtub nook
This one mixes a little country with traditional wainscoting 
and a french chandy.
Love the chadelier.
striped tile detail
But my favorite pinterest inspiration has to be the one below. 
Love the arch and those shutters! That chandelier!!
This inspired me even more because all that style was packed into 
the same basic shape of the bathroom I already had! 
No major renovations needed...just a cool chandy and shutters.
I found these bi-fold shutters at our local thrift store for $15.
I didn't know if I wanted them the blue antique or white...
so I started with blue....
Because I wanted to mimick the old crusty look of my inspiration photo, 
 I left them outside and spent about 10 minutes each morning for a week,
painting them sloppily with with my leftover
white primer paint and any other paint I could find.
I used some turquoise spray paint in different areas
so I could have layers of color.
I used some of my Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old white...
but decided that was too "yellow" a white and
went with a more pure white of the paint we used to paint our ceiling.
I sanded and added a little dark wax in areas...
and felt good about what turned out to be a process of patience.
 But they needed something more rustic to set them off.
These wrought iron tiebacks from Hobby Lobby were the perfect accent!

I love the finished product and will do a full reveal
of the bath area in another post.

Shutter....before and after
sharing with:
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View 
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
The Scoop Party at Cedar Hill Ranch  


  1. The shutter came out really nice. I also like the shelf.

  2. I am liking where you are going with this! Can't wait to see the rest of it. Lovely inspiration picture too!

  3. You picked my favorite bathroom from Pinterest as well! I can't wait to see the outcome--you have the best ideas. You're bathroom is going to be gorgeous. Thanks for the compliment on my "ninja" card-making skills. lol! I'm glad we both made it through January! I got my butt kicked too!!!! Here's to a lighter February!

  4. Can I just say that the shutters look gorgeous! I love the rusted old feel on them. I think those will definitely give your bathroom the character you wanted. Once you find an old and rustic chandelier, I think the look you’re going for will finally be completed.

    Greg Arnett


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